File:Stephen Downes 2014.jpg.png|210px|thumb|Stephen Downes during the "Unbordring Education" forum in the Yerevan.
'''Stephen Downes''' (born April 6, 1959) is a Canada|Canadian designer
and Pundit (expert)|commentator
in the fields of E-learning|online learning
and new media
. Downes has explored and promoted the educational use of computer and online technologies since 1995.
Downes gave the 2004 Buntine Oration
and was a presenter at the February 2007 Online Connectivism
[[http://umanitoba.ca/learning_technologies/connectivisim/ University of Manitoba: Learning Technologies Centre]]
In 2008, Downes and George Siemens
designed and taught an online, open course reported as a "landmark in the small but growing push toward 'open teaching'"
- widely considered the first Connectivist Massive open online course